January 25, 2023 – The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday ordered telecommunications companies to block traffic to dial platforms that promote illegal robocall schemes targeting homeowners.
MV Realty has been accused of using voice service provider Twilio Networks and the PhoneBurner dialing platform to “flood homeowners with robocalls making misleading claims about mortgages.”
Attorneys general from Florida, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania have filed lawsuits against real estate companies they suspect have deceived residents into mortgaging their homes in exchange for cash payments, the release said.
‘Mortgage fraud is some of the most egregious types of robocalls we’ve seen,’ says FCC chairman Jessica Rosenworcell mentioned in the release. “It is unconscionable to make nuisance calls and offer fraudulent products and services to economically distressed homeowners, so we are currently stopping these calls.”
The Commission is taking increasingly aggressive action against illegal robocalls and their facilitators.Last month, the committee proposed a ‘record-breaker’ $300 million fine for one robocall scheme.
And late last year, the commission said direct robocalls to voicemail were Subject to that regulatory authority.
Survey Finds Civil Society Organizations Struggle With Internet Access, Speed And Reliability
Civil society organizations are hampered by staff lacking internet access, tools or skills, according to Wednesday’s report from advocacy group Connect Humanity.
The report is based on research from more than 7,500 organizations representing and serving more than 190 million people, drawing direct case studies, resources, and citations from these organizations.
According to the report, lack of digital skills is the top five concerns for these organizations, followed by internet speed, internet reliability, device and internet affordability, and device shortage.
The top five concerns of those served by these organizations are lack of digital skills, internet affordability, internet availability, device affordability, and device shortages, says the report. .
Other concerns include internet availability, fear of online surveillance and hacking, lack of relevant content, and lack of accessibility for people with disabilities.
According to the report, over the next five years, 49% expect increased funding for digital skills, 37% expect increased funding for access to hardware or software, and 37% expect digital rights. Or expect an increase in internet policy, with 33% expecting an increase. Expect more access to the internet.
Additionally, 35% of those organizations surveyed said they had access to high-speed Internet, but only 9% of the people they served did. Meanwhile, 42% of organizations say they have a reliable Internet, but only 9% of the people they serve say they can claim the same.
Other findings in the report include that most of the aforementioned organizations and the people they serve use mobile providers for internet access, and that mobile phones are the most used by people to access the internet. It is included to be a common device.
Comcast Announces New Executives for Keystone Region
Ray Roundtree He was announced today as Pittsburgh-based Comcast’s new Senior Vice President of Keystone Region.
According to the press release, Roundtree will oversee the company’s operations, strategy and financial performance in the Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, Northern West Virginia and Maryland Panhandle regions.
Amy Lynch, president of Comcast’s Northeast Division, which includes 14 Northeast states from Maine to Virginia to the District of Columbia, said: release. “Ray is confident that we will succeed in continuing to bring our innovative products and services to homes and businesses in our community and staying connected to what matters most.”
Roundtree has been with Comcast since 2000, serving as Chief of Business Operations for Chester and Lancaster Counties, and held leadership positions in financial management during his tenure.